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In his ar­ti­cle “Hu­mil­ity, not ar­ro­gance” (March 8), Nathan Lopes Car­dozo vil­i­fies the main­stream Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity for its rit­u­al­ism and in­su­lar­ity, while glo­ri­fy­ing the sec­u­lar Jew for his hu­mane­ness. The vast net­work of mu­tual aid so­ci­eties, along with the ex­ten­sive gen­eros­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity of the Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity, be­lies these charges.

The Ten Com­mand­ments were evenly di­vided be­tween in­ter­per­sonal norms and those con­cern­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween man and his Cre­ator. Yet Moses broke both of the tablets, de­spite the fact that the Is­raelites vi­o­lated only one of them, in or­der to em­pha­size the fact that one couldn’t ex­ist with­out the other.

What sec­u­lar­ism has con­trib­uted to our way of life may best be sum­ma­rized by the adop­tion of a term used in sta­tis­tics: stan­dard deviation. Namely, that what was un­til re­cently deemed a vari­ant is now ac­cepted as stan­dard be­hav­ior.

The unique beauty of a Sab­bath ex­pe­ri­ence can­not be re­al­ized by a trip to the beach, and holy mat­ri­mony can be achieved nei­ther by in­ter­mar­riage nor a same­sex wed­ding cer­e­mony.

The ul­ti­mate unity and re­demp­tion of the Jewish peo­ple will not come by striv­ing to at­tain the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor, but, rather, by as­pir­ing to the high­est stan­dards of moral­ity and re­li­gious be­hav­ior as for­mu­lated by the To­rah and Halacha.



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